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 61 
 on: December 17, 2014, 07:37:30 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Maxximum
Decided to stream some Dota 2 last night after not touching the game for a few months. Could have been worse, but it wasn't exactly a stellar performance.

 62 
 on: December 17, 2014, 06:36:53 AM 
Started by Chronix112 - Last post by Ranadiel
So apparently this will be getting a PS3 and Vita release in North America.  Pretty cool, we don't get a lot of pure VNs on consoles here.

Edit: Europe too, it looks like.
Are there any additions in the console versions? I'd like to pick it up to support more VNs getting localized, but I'd hate to buy the exact same thing again. >.>

 63 
 on: December 17, 2014, 06:04:48 AM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Cyril
Yeah, the voice acting sound really rough.  No way that's final, more like a placeholder.  People are making a big fuss about it on other sites for some reason.

I do admit that it's a bit embarrassing they released something of that quality, though, since SE tends to have good dubs.

 64 
 on: December 17, 2014, 05:54:11 AM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Alisha
you know theres something i'm curious about. how much free reign do FF developers have? my gut reaction to the cast being all male is that it was a marketing decision. but i can say as the sister of a few dude bro's that wont work. it's kinda like swooning over a girl and instead of being yourself you try to be what you think she would like and that never works. it might get you laid once or twice but it wont work long term. and it pisses off your old friends who you ditched to persue that girl.

theorycraft and metaphor over.

 65 
 on: December 17, 2014, 04:32:14 AM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by Holykael1
So I had my 4th date last night and we finally made out. It was my first time doing that, I'm as giddy as a schoolgirl.

Also I think I'm in love, damn arent I a cheesy person.

 66 
 on: December 17, 2014, 03:44:26 AM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Aeolus
Belated, but....

Quote
It should've been Shield at the very least. Not that there's really any rhyme or reason to what's going on in the Northern Crater environment wise (actually, it was pointed out on another site, that the hodgepodge environment was largely Jenova's fault since she/it possessed illusionary powers; the tl;dr of the theory is that Jenova has the ability to get into peoples' minds and twist them in ways that creates delusions; for instance, Sephiroth's belief that he was an Ancient or that Jenova was an Ancient, Cloud's belief that he became a hero just like Zack (almost to the point of thinking he was Zack), Cloud's initial rendition of the Nibelheim incident, Cloud's behavior at the end of the Temple of the Ancients (part of the reason why you see Kid Cloud at this point is that this is what Cloud really is (or his ID in psychology/Xenogears terminology), with Big Hero Cloud (Ego and/or Super Ego) being an almost completely different person and out of Kid Cloud's (and subsequently the player's) control (it would also explain why it's Kid Cloud that leads Tifa through his Cosmosphere later on in the Lifestream); the other part probably being Aerith/s being the one instigating this separation instead of it just being a random occurrence (and why she doesn't just walk up to Cloud and take the Black Materia out of his hand)) and at the City of the Ancients).

Won't lie the amount of parentheses in there just fucked my mind up a bit. xD
But I do like that theory and it would make a lot more sense.  Jenova is super interesting, a shame a lot of her is merely assumed (or left in Ultimania's or that one brief video where Aeris' mum becomes "Misses Exposition").  Can you expand on the last part?  I'm not sure I understood....  Aeris really just kinda stood there and I never got why.

Yeah, I kinda went a bit overboard on that one due to going off on a tangent.

The long answer is that the game never really specifies, but it could be inferred that the whole sequence is supposed to be taking place from inside Cloud's head looking out at what's going down. That's why all the characters save for Kid Cloud are moving so slowly. But in addition to that, the scene also could be implying that the whole reason why player is in charge of Kid Cloud and not IRL Cloud is because the player's perspective has changed versus the other times Sephy shows up (of course, the perspective doesn't change when Cloud comes under the influence and nearly cleaves Aeris in half and the player is in direct control of the windup even, but then again, he's actually stopped this time (for all that it mattered)).

Furthermore, during the hidden plot dump at Icicle Inn, Iffana's (Aerith's mother) description of Jenova is probably the closest the game ever comes to spilling the beans on it/her. According to her, Jenova first appeared to the Cetra as friends, neighbors, loved ones lost long ago and that by the time they figured out what was going on, it was already too late for them. One interpretation is that Jenova has the power to change her/its appearance, but the game was probably going for the fact that Jenova can create delusions of what people want to see in order to manipulate them towards it/her's nefarious ends. Sephiroth saw himself as an Ancient during the Nibelheim incident, was drawn to Jenova and freed her/it. He probably saw himself as an Ancient in order to give significance to the fact that he was bio-engineered by a dipshit trying to rub human and alien DNA together like sticks in a firepit.

Another would be Hojo who, throughout most of the game, is an incompetent mad scientist and a putz but little more than self-aggrandizing, but when you finally confront him at the controls of the Mako Cannon he's developed a massive father complex for Sephiroth and is trying to 'help' him by overloading the cannon to 'send him energy' as a result of injecting himself with Jenova cells (if anything this would support the theory that the Cetra's empathic nature was the reason for their downfall due to Jenova being able to attack their psyche directly; humans on the other hand, Jenova has little use for unless they're first infected with Jenova's own cells).

Likewise, Cloud has a huge hero worship complex and thanks to a combination of Zack's interference, Tifa's expectations and his own disdain at his presumed powerlessness compared to Sephiroth and Zack. Thus he was open to Jenova's influence which is why he's freed from Shinra's detention center by Jenova and allowed to chase it/her thinking she/it was Sephiroth (which is why the Disk 1 Sephy you chase all over hell and gone can fly and do other things normal Sephiroth couldn't, as well as turn into parts of Jenova when you fight him/it/her). And of course, why when the party chases after him/her/it, you eventually come across others (the men in black) heading towards a reunion with 'mother', which, despite the party's intentions otherwise, is where they too end up with the Black Materia in hand which Cloud forks over after his breakdown in not-Nibelheim over not being Zack. In fact, the whole not-Nibelheim scene is Jenova's doing in order to force Cloud to face the truth in order to create enough doubt and uncertainty in his actions to prey upon. The other goal of the 'Reunion' is to reunite Jenova's body with it/her head as Sephy only took her/its head during the Nibelheim incident, which he was still holding on to when he got dunked in the Life-drink, unfortunately for Jenova.

That all said, I have no clue as to what's up with Sephiroth during the final boss fight beyond, "The game needs a Final Fantasy Final Boss.". I suppose one could say that he's basically FFVII's version of Zeromus/Necron.


The short (or tl;dr) of my post is that: Snow is far more like vanilla FFVII's Cloud than Lightning ever was/will be, Disk 1 Sephiroth is Jenova's body (sans head) in disguise, who takes advantage of Cloud's "I'm a hero!" phase, as well as getting in a little vengeance on the side for the guy that stalled it/her plan for five years, Aeris tries to counteract Jenova's influence but fails miserably, the rest of the party was caught in cutscene purgatory and Hojo is a massive idiot for enabling all of this to begin with.

 67 
 on: December 17, 2014, 12:55:23 AM 
Started by Cosign - Last post by Grainofariver
Xillia 2 in 2012, which makes the context about yearly releases false.

It depends as here in NA the yearly release has been true since the 'year of tales' was announced.

While true they made no developmental changes with the western releases. Tales of Graces, released in 2009, was the last mothership title before 2011's Tales of Xillia. Thus the comparison to an annualized series like Assassin's Creed is false or unfair.
Sorry for not being clearer on that.

 68 
 on: December 17, 2014, 12:09:40 AM 
Started by Cosign - Last post by Annubis
Xillia 2 in 2012, which makes the context about yearly releases false.

It depends as here in NA the yearly release has been true since the 'year of tales' was announced.

 69 
 on: December 16, 2014, 10:53:30 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by MeshGearFox
It's 12 AM, AKA let's buy weird shit on eBay and regret it later o'clock!

JOB STUFF:

- I'm apparently getting a raise. My manager was like "I KNOW YOU PROBABLY WANTED A BIGGER RAISE THAN THIS BUT THIS IS ALL WE COULD AFFORD."

I don't really even need a raise, I'm aware there's NOT a lot of money in the team to go around, and I wasn't even pursuing one so I hope Test Lead or someone wasn't telling him I was asking for more than they're giving me :T

Also I think most of everyone I know is getting laid off or something. Shit's weird right now.

Shit's super weird.

FRUIT UPDATE:

- Hachiya persimmons are def really good and probably better than fuyus although yeah the unripe bits in hachiyas are like OH GOD DID I JUST EAT TALC.

- The Aroy-D frozen durian I got on Sunday tastes like goddamn rump roast and it's freaking me out. Fruit should not taste like meat. Also it's like, not... fully ripe and has cruchy strands in it? Eugh :( Some guy that looks like Jesus recommended this in a youtube video and I am dissapoint :(((

- Other frozen durian's fairing better. Still not sure WHAT cultivar I had in Cleveland. The Aroy-D was monthong, other frozen durian was musang king cultivar apparently, and whatever I had in Cleveland tastes more like the musang king.

- I like medjool dates better than golden dates. idk what it is, the golden dates have this weird aspartamey sugary-but-off taste to them.

- I need more coffee juice.

KANJI UPDATE:

- I'm having an easier time memorizing kanji if I eschew flashcards, select a list of 10 to 'remember' for a given day, and just force myself to actively recall all of them without prompts every hour or so.

I think I can apply this to other things I need to memorize.

 70 
 on: December 16, 2014, 10:47:58 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Wild Armor
Vib-Ribbon "Sunny Day"

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